The books contains a preface (6 pages), introduction (7 pages), mineral descriptions (670 pages), 34 richest type-localities of the world (2 pages), 63 references (1 page), an alphabetical list of mineral localities (119 pages), an appendix of 14 minerals described in 2004, acknowledgements, and biographical sketches about the authors (1 page each).

From about 8,500 localities, the authors describe about 4,200 mineral species, about 1,000 common mineral varieties and about 50 mineral groups or families. Information includes chemical formula, chemical-structural classification of Strunz, crystal system, space group, unit cell, Z, the strongest five or so X-ray powder-diffraction reflections, crystal types...

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